"It Spreads" -Jon Rothstein
The Bulldog brand has now made its way to the NBA realm. A name familiar amongst many in New England basketball fans, Ikenna Ndugba has found his way to the pros. Ikenna Ndugba was a four year player for the Bulldogs from 2016 to 2022. Between Tim O'Shea and Jared Gross, the Boston native was a leader on the court and a staple for the Bulldogs. During the 2017-2018 season, he was the second leading scorer for the Bulldogs. He averaged 13.8 points per game. He also lead the Bulldogs in rebounding, assists, and steals.
With a year of eligibility, he made his way to Elon University, where he averaged 10ppg on 40% shooting last season. The guard was known for his stout defense, as he was awarded Elon's Defensive Most Valuable Player last season.
The Greensboro Swarm, known as the NBA G League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets, drafted Ndugba in the second round with the 54th pick. They had five picks for the draft, selecting LiAngelo Ball (No. 14 overall), Chudier Bile (No. 23) and Tyree White (No. 26) and Isaiah Blackmon (No. 77).
The Hornets are deep at the guard spot, with a rotation of LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Kelly Oubre Jr., James Bouknight, and Ish Smith. Nevertheless, this is an exciting time for Bulldogs, and Rhode Island is cheering for Ndugba's succsess!